Grambling at Alabama State Highlight HBC GAMES

By Joe Booker
Updated: November 4, 2005

HOUSTON—Grambling (6-0, 6-1) at Alabama State (6-1, 6-2)

Kickoff:1 p.m. Saturday, Mobile, Alabama

This game features the Grambling Tigers, the best in the West against the Alabama State Hornets, the best in the East. These two SWAC powers are expected to meet again for the SWAC Championship in Birmingham, Alabama, December 10.

Grambling coach Melvin Spears is not the most popular coach in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. First, he requested that Alcorn forfeit the season opener after Alcorn officials opted not to play in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita. Against Prairie View, Spears left quarterback Bruce Eugene in the game in the fourth quarter, and Eugene threw three of his seven TD passes to a 50-7 rout. Against Jackson State in a blowout and leading 38-14 in the fourth quarter, he kept Eugene in the game long enough for him to pass for a touchdown –his fifth of the game—and run for a touchdown to run the score to 52-14.

When asked about running up the score against Jackson State, Spears replied. “As long as they’ve got their No. 1 quarterback in the game, I’m going to leave mines in.” “They were trying to score, right? Then, I’m going to try to score.”

Against Alabama State Spears may no choice but to leave Eugene in the game. Alabama State has the number 1 ranked total offensive team (489.7 ypg) in SWAC. Grambling is second with 444.8 yards per game. Grambling has the number 1 scoring team (36.0) in SWAC and Alabama State (34.0) has the second best scoring team in SWAC. The two teams have the top two passers in SWAC. Grambling’s QB Bruce Eugene leads SWAC in passing (368 yards per game) and Alabama State’s QB Tarvasi Jackson is second with 310.1 yards per contest.

Alabama State is coming off a 31-28 loss to state rival Alabama A&M. The Tiger machine led by quarterback Bruce Eugene added Texas Southern as their latest victims list. The Tigers of Grambling put on an offensive show as they spanked the Tigers of Texas Southern 58-21.

Southern (2-4) atTexas Southern (1-5, 1-6)

Kickoff:7 p.m. Saturday, Robertson Stadium

Texas Southern will be playing in its sixth different stadium in as many games, when they host the Southern Jaguars at Robertson Stadium.

Both teams are struggling. For Southern, struggling is not something they are use to. Struggling for TSU has become a habit. The bright spot for the Jaguars—if there is a bright spot—is sophomore quarterback Joseph Lewis who is fourth in SWAC with 254.3 passing yards per game. Lewis has thrown 10 touchdowns.

Texas Southern has not defeated Southern since 1996, when the Bill Thomas coached Tigers defeated the Jaguars 34-30.


Kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday at NCC

The Bowie State Bulldogs will meet the North Carolina Central Eagles for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship Football Game at NCCU’s O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

Bowie State won the Eastern Division and NCC won the Western Division.

The Eagles are no longer the Bridesmaid in the CIAA.

“It would be a shame to lose two conference games in two years and not make the championship game,” said North Carolina Central coach Rod Broadway.

Bowie leads the conference in total defense (202.1) and is second in total offense with 368.1 yards a game. North Carolina Central is third in total offense (349.4) and third in total defense (277.4) yards per game.